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Fair Isle Lodge & Bird Observatory

Fair Isle Lodge and Bird Observatory | Shetland, ZE2 9JU, Scotland
Fair Isle Lodge & Bird Observatory
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I stayed at the observatory for three nights. A big highlight is, if you go at the right time, you will see puffins just across the way. The rooms are clean and very comfortable. The food was excellent. The staff are friendly and go well beyond to help you. I am not a bird person but there was plenty of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

1st time visiting Fair Isle, stayed two and a half days. FIBO staff are warm welcoming and very helpful. Bedrooms are en suite and very comfortable. We were well catered for with regards to food, communal dining which gives people opportunity to mix and share stories etc and coffee/tea always available. Great setting, don't need to be interested in birds... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Clean, comfortable, spacious rooms. Fabulous location, with breathtaking views from the large and comfortable lounge. Excellent meals--very tasty, lots of variety, healthy stuff as well as "homebakes", and they cater to dietary requirements. Friendly, very sociable atmosphere, and you can be active, or just relax. The staff were very mixed--the administrator was very helpful and competent, but the wardens were... More 

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Beautiful location, friendly well informed and enthusiastic staff with guided walks offered. Rooms are spacious, modern and clean with plenty of hot water . Towels, shampoo, shower gel and hand wash are all provided.Tea and coffee is available at any time self service in the lounge. Meals can cater for different diets and are eaten at set times in a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I stayed here with a group of friends for a week in the summer. What a magical place! I can't praise it highly enough. In order to get to Fair Isle, I had to travel across by boat because the planes were not flying. This is not recommended! The boat bobbed around like a cork on the high seas and... More 

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Greenwich, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

On arrival, you get collected by Observatory staff and delivered to your accommodation - and what a great place to stay it is. I was expecting hostel - it's more hotel. Comparable with a Premier Inn... with loads more. Rooms were bright and airy, and I was lucky enough to have a window overlooking the sea. My group of non-birders... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Fabulous experience for birders, walkers, and those who want to get away from it all. Surprisingly comfortable lodging, excellent food and drink and, interesting fellow travelers and staff. Our return flight was delayed 8 hours due to fog allowing more time to explore the island. Best to assume there might be travel delays.

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Fife
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I was on Fair Isle for a photographic trip. The Bird Observatory is a large modern building, spacious and bright inside. The seating area in the lounge is very comfortable with large leather sofas and other seats. There are tea, including fruit and herbal teas and coffee making facilities, so that you can help yourself at any time. Hot chocolate... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We spent 3 days there as a big birthday treat for me and Teresa., we share the same birthday(unbeknown to the team). We had a very comfortable room with a panoramic view of the cliffs, sea and grassland of sheep. Everyone was very welcoming, friendly and helpful throughout our stay. It was lovely to be part of the team as... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

lovely stay 4 nights that extended to 7 due to fog at airstrip susanah and her husband were excellent hosts good clean ensuite accommodation centrally located good bar with local beers a breakfast to die for good homemade bread my wife who is a fussy eater was well catered for get yourselfs over to enjoy a gem island even if... More 

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